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Adventures on the New Frontier
The film, made for television broadcast and burdened with the didactic narration that Drew despised and that Primary had largely eschewed, is structured as a day-in-the-life of the presidency, moving from the Oval Office to flashbacks to the Wisconsin primary and inaugural ball and address.
June 03, 2016
Politicians have caught up and what once felt spontaneous and authentic now feels trite and contrived. Even Crisis (1963) and Adventures on the New Frontier (1961), which deal with the day-to-day trials of working in the White House, seem more tired in comparison.
April 27, 2016
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Shortly after Kennedy’s inauguration, the president invited Drew for two days of test filming inside the Oval Office. The footage, used in the 1961 ABC program Adventures on the New Frontier, didn’t yield much fresh insight. The show surveyed various initiatives of the new administration and resembled the “illustrated lecture” format that Drew disdained. But the test allayed Kennedy’s concerns about bringing cameras into the White House.
April 26, 2016
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Just a year [after Primary], the technical facility is already much improved (sound is mostly in sync now) and while none of what Kennedy and his aides say or do is terribly exciting, Adventures On The New Frontier remains, to this day, the most extensive footage of mundane White House business ever recorded and assembled.
April 23, 2016
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